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puttyroot

[puht-ee-root, -roo t]
noun
  1. an American orchid, Aplectrum hyemale, having a slender naked rootstock that produces a leafless stalk with a loose cluster of yellowish-brown flowers.
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Origin of puttyroot

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; putty1 + root1
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